ANC activists vow to break regional Exco

2011-07-08 00:00

ANC activists vowed yesterday to intensify their commitment to disband the ANC Moses Mabhida regional executive committee (REC), who they had been accusing of corruption and placing themselves high up on the party’s list so that they could become councillors.

After yesterday’s court appearance, the activists said they do not trust the provincial leadership because it is using people like lawyer Sibusisiwe Ngubane, a former IFP Youth Brigade chairperson, to destroy the ANC by causing division within the party.

Siyabonga Mshengu, one of those arrested on Monday night, said, “We have always been saying that there were wrong elements within the ANC and Sibusisiwe Ngubane is one of those elements.”

He quoted an IFP press release issued on September 27, 2004, after Ngubane resigned as IFPYB national chair. According Mshengu, the Reverend Musa Zondi, IFP secretary-general, said then: “The good news is that Sibusiswe has declared herself willing to continue assisting both the youth brigade as well as the main structure of the party.”

Mshengu said this makes them believe Ngubane is part of the plot to destroy the ANC.

Ngubane laughed off the allegations: “Thank you for making me laugh, every hard working lawyer deserves to have a good laugh after a hectic and productive working day,” she said.

The sit-in group’s leader, Sibongile Mkhize, said, “We are going to continue guarding our offices by sitting outside them … Our comrades will be watching the offices from their cars.

“We need to create a united ANC at the end of these court processes, but we do not know how we will achieve that if we have people with conflicts of interest within the ANC.”

In her response to Super Zuma’s affidavit, which was presented yesterday, she said, “There is no such decision-making process in the ANC, where a secretary as an individual can take a resolution on behalf of the entire branch membership.”

Responding to the allegations made by ANC activists, legal firm Ngubane Wills Inc. said the firm has had a long working relationship with the ANC.

“When Sibusisiwe Ngubane joined this firm in 2006, that relationship continued and it has been solidified over the years. Our firm has a proud history of doing anti-apartheid work and has worked for many institutions and organisations that fought for the constitutional democracy which now exists,” read the statement.

They said that while Ngubane was involved in IFP politics during her school days and teens, she exercised her constitutional right and changed her political allegiance.

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